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AutoPacific Forecasts Healthy, Profitable Year for Automakers
AutoPacific today officially announced its forecast for 2013 U.S. light vehicle sales. Predicting about a 700,000 unit increase over 2012, AutoPacific forecasts a year-end total of 15.1M units. “Many automakers have right-sized their manufacturing to be profitable at a total light vehicle industry size of 15M annual sales,” said Ed Kim, AutoPacific’s Vice President of Industry Analysis. “With 2013 expected to hit this level of sales, the year should prove to be a healthy and profitable one for many automakers.”
AutoPacific Insights - January 2013
One out of every five replacement tire buyers says they had their purchase decision influenced by the advice of a friend or relative. Who's advising? Automotive enthusiasts. Learn more about how satisfaction affects the sharing of advice and repurchase intention in this issue of AutoPacific Insights.
AutoPacific Insights - November 2012
Seating features and an audio system with smart phone apps capability top the list of features wanted by consumers who intend to purchase a new vehicle within the next two years.
AutoPacific Study Reveals Which Political Party is Believed Best Equipped to Help Control Fuel Costs
According to AutoPacific’s latest Fuel Price Impact Survey, younger drivers are more likely to view Democrats as most capable of implementing a successful energy policy, while older drivers say the Republican Party is better for the job.
IntelliChoice and AutoPacific Announce the 2012 Motorist Choice Awards
The 7th annual Motorist Choice Awards results are in! Designed to recognize those vehicle that deliver the compelling combination of high consumer satisfaction and lower-than-expected ownership costs over time, MCAs can help consumers sort through the wealth of options. Read the list of winners here.
Recently Released AutoPacific Survey Polls 25,000 Tire Buyers for Most Satisfying Tire Brand
Michelin is the most satisfying tire brand for second year in a row, according to AutoPacific’s Replacement Tire Buyer Dynamics and Satisfaction Study, followed by Pirelli, Goodyear, Nitto and BF Goodrich. AutoPacific surveyed over 25,000 vehicle owners who bought replacement tires over the past twelve months. The study was used to determine what is important when choosing a replacement tire and which tire brands provide the most satisfying experience. In addition the research reveals insights on brand awareness, familiarity, brand image, and influencers on the purchase decision.
AUTOBYTEL AND AUTOPACIFIC REVEAL 2012 IDEAL VEHICLE AWARDS
Automotive research and consulting firm AutoPacific and Autobytel Inc. (Nasdaq: ABTL), the company dedicated to helping dealers and car-buyers connect online, today announced the 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards (IVAs). Established in 2006, the IVAs recognize the cars that meet their owner's expectations and desires about their automotive purchases.
AutoPacific Announces 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards
AutoPacific announces the 16th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. Based on the largest single-model-year survey of automotive owners, the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions with a true "word of mouth" survey. More than 75,000 vehicle owners were surveyed.
Do Fuel Prices Really Affect Vehicle Purchase Intentions?
Drivers today are shelling out $3.97/gallon, on average, to fill up their vehicles, about 32 cents more than this time last year. But this added expense is not persuading consumers to ditch their SUVs for more fuel efficient small cars. Results from AutoPacific’s latest Fuel Price Impact Survey (FPIS) actually show SUVs being the top vehicle replacement choice, with small cars coming in third. In addition, 76% surveyed would replace their current vehicle with a similarly sized one, whereas only 18% say they would go smaller.
Goodyear Auto Service Centers Most Satisfying Tire Retailer in AutoPacific Replacement Tire Study
In its first Replacement Tire Brand Dynamics and Satisfaction Study AutoPacific surveyed over 15,000 vehicle owners who bought replacement tires over the past twelve months to determine what is important when choosing a replacement tire and which tire retailers provide the most satisfying experience. The top satisfying Tire Retailer nationally is Goodyear Auto Service Center, closely followed by Firestone Complete Auto Care, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Sam's Club.